From Rude Rural Rhymes by Bob Adams, New York: The Macmillan Company; 1925; pp. 3-10.[front-papers]
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PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
COPYRIGHT, 1922 and 1923,
By ROBERT MORRILL ADAMS.
By THE MACMILLAN COMPANY.
Set up and electrotyped. Published September, 1925.
TO MY WIFE
CATHERINE VAN GORDEN ADAMS
HEREINAFTER CALLED HANNAH
The author acknowledges the courtesy of the editors of March Bros., Lebanon, Ohio, and of The Country Gentleman in permitting the reprinting of some of the rhymes in this volume.
As there are many types of mind in the rural country, as elsewhere, so there are many ways of reaching the country people with an educational and entertainment impulse. These Rude Rural Rhymes are serious efforts on the part of an earnest teacher to interest a large constituency in problems of the daily life. For about four years they have been accumulating, and a selection of them is here presented for more permanent use than they have found in country weeklies in the United States and Canada. They have been utilized by a number of county agents and extension workers to drive home the teaching in rural meetings. The reader will discover that some of them deal with the general subject of rural life, that others are agricultural, and still others domestic; a good number of them are humorous, and the remainder are miscellaneous in character. As sent to the press, the Rhymes have been in prose paragraphic form, in which style they have been used by the newspapers, but the versification form has also been available on the option of the  editor; and at the close of each year the collection for that period has been available in pamphlet form.
The Author is a professor of extension teaching in agricultural subjects, and his wife, who has aided in the publication of them, is the Hannah of the Rhymes. In the beginning, M. V. Atwood, a kindred professor in extension service and himself a rural newspaper man, was in the business enterprise. The reception of the Rhymes during these years and under these auspices warrants the present publication of them in one fascicle. This kind of presentation in other subjects has established iteslf in newspaper publication, but this is apparently the only collection designed as a teaching agency in the rural field.
L. H. Bailey.
Coconut Grove, Florida
March 9, 1925.